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Melissa Robertson to serve on board of the Washington Climbing Coalition

ELLENSBURG, WASH., December 4, 2017 – CWU Climbing Wall Coordinator, Melissa Robertson, has been asked to serve on the Board of Directors for the Washington Climbers Coalition. Robertson will serve as a liaison for the eastside climbers and begin to foster a community of climbers that are practicing both safe, and environmentally conscious, practices.

“By volunteering with the WCC and working on projects with the WCC, the students are able to see how much really goes into being able to climb outside,” Robertson said. “It also encourages them to be better stewards of the environment and hopefully gain a better appreciation for both the sport of climbing and the climbing community.”

The Washington Climbers Coalition was founded by a small grant from the “Access Fund” in 2004. Since then, they have developed an active stewardship and outreach program, promoting responsible climbing and public access at areas around the state of Washington. The WCC works with the Access Fund and other partners to ensure that climbers have access to climbing areas, that they have places to deposit waste, making sure that the areas have safe climbing practices, and that climbers are being positive stewards of the environment.

“My job as a supervisor, coordinator, and educator at CWU goes well beyond the climbing wall,” Robertson says. “The skills and knowledge they gain by attending classes or clinics shapes their impact on the environment once they choose to go outside and climb.”

Robertson has previously served on several other boards across the nation, such as the Southeastern Climbers Coalition, the East Tennessee Climbers Coalition, and the Red River Climbers Coalition. She plans to start her outreach with social media, which she feels will be a valuable tool to reach the audience she needs to build on the east side of the mountains.

“When I first moved here 4 years ago I noticed that we have lots of climbers on the eastside of the mountains but no organization or governing body,” Robertson said. “Every time I talk to other climbers at the crag and climbing wall, they all want to meet other climbers.”

If you would like to learn more about what Melissa is doing with the WCC or you want to learn more about what the WCC is all about, please visit their website, here. To reach out to Melissa or to schedule private instruction, please email

Media Contact: Claire Cox, Recreation, 509-963-3550,



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